MI is a psychotherapeutic method that is based on empirical evidence, is reasonably brief, specific, complements other treatment methods, and can be used for a diverse assortment of problem behaviors. Moreover, MI is a set of specific skills and can be learned by professionals and staff for use in a variety of behavioral health and in healthcare settings (Miller & Rose, 2009).
Many tools and links to additional information and resources are available in the CASAT OnDemand Resources & Downloads section. Also available in the Learning Labs section is an entire Motivational Interviewing Learning Lab with research articles, websites, training opportunities, and tools to download for those wanting to take a “deep dive” into MI. In the Catalyst Blog, are three additional posts about MI: So You Want to be a Motivational Interviewing (MI) Trainer? for those wanting to learn to train others in MI – an excellent way to learn! Another blog post How Can a Professional Become a Mint Trainer? tells you exactly what you need to do to become a “MINTie” courtesy of our guest blogger, Jennifer Hettema, Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of New Mexico. The third MI post is Motivational Interviewing to Activate Change in Ambivalent Clients: Is it Right for You?, which describes the usefulness of MI in a variety of situations, including for different age groups, different ethnicities, and for people who need help to resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities and find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior.
New! Updated April 12, 2021: Training Available
Behavioral Health providers often have questions such as “What is Motivational Interviewing used for? and How do you use Motivational Interviewing? To answer your motivational Interviewing questions and provide and opportunity to learn motivational interviewing techniques, CASAT Training is offering a 4-week live online webinar series for Motivational Interviewing (M.I.) on June 4-25, 2021. The workshops will be held every Friday from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time.
This live, online webinar series will take place over four consecutive weeks and will introduce participants to the theory, spirit, four processes, and key strategies of Motivational Interviewing (MI). Particular attention will be paid to using a couple of the MI basic skills and will discuss ways to support clients in identifying and reaching their goals. Participants will have some opportunities for practice and skills development through the use of role-plays, real-plays, and interactive group exercises. Video and live demonstrations may be used to enhance the learning process. The training will be highly interactive and include several opportunities for practice. At the end of the training participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate 1-2 strategies for supporting client’s change process
- Identify change talk and reinforce it through the use of reflections.
- Respond effectively to clients with low motivation for change.
- Explore concerns about and reasons to change to support clients’ change process.
For more information on this training series, available ceus and registration information, visit CASAT Training.
Are you a Peer Recovery and/or Community Health Worker? CASAT Training also has a 90-minute online training just for you Motivational Interviewing Changing the Conversation: Peers & Community Health Workers (CHW) on the Frontlines This Online Video course is intended to support and strengthen the conversational skills of behavioral health peer support specialists and community helpers in the use of Motivational Interviewing. Peer specialists and community helpers are on the front lines in providing understanding and support for clients experiencing a variety of mental health and substance use disorders. The session will introduce the basic components of Motivational Interviewing, focus on helpful tools and resources to enhance conversations about change to and work through the difficulty of indecision about change. A brief action planning model will be featured.
Goal: Strengthen the skills of behavioral health peer support specialists and community helpers in the use of Motivational Interviewing
- Outline the basic components of Motivational Interviewing
- Identify strategies to reduce uncertainty to change
- Summarize three helpful tools to engage participants in change conversations
- Apply the use of a brief action plan model to aid planning for outcomes
For more information and to register for this course visit CASAT Training.
This blog post was originally published August 8, 2019 and has been updated to include new training opportunities and other information.
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